Sleep vs Shutdown [New user]

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by KingEugo, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. KingEugo macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2019
    I know, this has been asked many times but I still haven't find a definitive answer.

    Is it really ok not to shut down my Macbook?
  2. dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
    I have 3 Mac minis (2012, 2014, 2018); 2 iMacs (2011 21"; 2015 27"); and an 13" MBP (2018). I don't shut any of them down. Haven't for as long as I have owned them. Yes, it's really ok.
  3. Mike Boreham macrumors 68000

    Aug 10, 2006
    I do not normally shut down my MacBook (or iMac) either overnight or when travelling, but note that the MacBook will use more battery in sleep mode with the lid shut than fully shut down. So there are occasions when I shut it down if I know I will not be using it for a while.

    The other thought is that rebooting is the first recourse for most problems so maybe a occasional reboot clears some latent issues.
  4. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2010
    I have not been shutting down my Mac since PowerBook G4. In fact it sleeps for months at a time until I take it out for it's semi-annually cleaning.
  5. Arcade macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2012
    Bronx, NY
    I was going to ask a similar question like 2 days ago.

    Since getting my Mac 3 weeks ago I've restarted my Mac less than 5x and I haven't experience any slow downs. When I was using my windows laptop I use to restart it every day.
  6. sky87 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2015
    I switched to Mac last year. Before that was a Windows user and used to shutdown my laptop every day. Since switching to Mac I just put it into sleep mode and only shutdown/restart if necessary (which is perhaps once a month or less).

    I also learnt last year that there are at least two types of sleep mode - regular sleep mode and hibernate. I did change some of the settings on my MBP so that it goes into hibernate mode rather than sleep mode as I found it drained less battery in hibernate mode, but YMMV...

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